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Niles runner battles injuries

High School Sports

Hailey Zelinsky knows she isn’t there just yet, but that’s OK. The Niles McKinley High School senior is still running, but trying to get her pace back to where she wants it to be. Zelinsky is doing what is called cadence training. Normal runners go 160 to 170 steps per minute, while elite ...

Penguins lose in overtime

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PITTSBURGH — Sean Couturier beat Matt Murray with 3 seconds remaining in overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers put together an improbable rally to edge the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Sunday night. James van Riemsdyk tied the score with 18 seconds left in regulation when Murray’s glove ...

Pirates win, Indians in tie

Local Sports

PIRATES 8, RED SOX (SS) 1 Starling Marte hit a three-run homer and stole a base for Pittsburgh. Jameson Taillon allowed an unearned run in five innings, striking out six. REDS 9, INDIANS 9, 9 innings Corey Kluber struggled in his second start for Cleveland, pitching 3 2/3 innings and ...

Beach Classic set Tuesday

Local Sports

The 49th annual Al Beach Classic takes place Tuesday at Canfield High School. The all-star basketball game highlights the best girls and boys players within Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. Admission is $6 for all spectators. The event starts with the girls game at 6 p.m., with a ...

Block or charge?

Local Sports

As a referee for the last eight years, David Walker Jr. has heard just about every taunt, vulgarity, criticism and bad joke that fans have to offer. They don’t faze him. He’s got bigger worries — literally and figuratively. “Blocking out the noise from fans isn’t the super ...

It’s not about promoting a school’s brand

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THIS is the look you want your program to have heading the NCAA Tournament? Bradley University, you just disgraced your fans who have waited since the 2005-06 season to return to this pinnacle. Your players, who have given everything they have each and every practice and then some, are ...

Mavericks end losing skid, beat Cavs

Local Sports

DALLAS — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 22 points, Dirk Nowitzki closed within three points of Wilt Chamberlain on the NBA scoring list and the Dallas Mavericks ended a seven-game losing streak with a 121-116 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night. Nowitzki got hot early in the ...

Browns QB Mayfield takes turn as 1B coach

Local Sports

PHOENIX (AP) — Baker Mayfield wasn’t going to pass up this opportunity. Fully aware the Milwaukee Brewers wanted to protect him, Mayfield knew he wouldn’t get into a spring training game during his two-day stay with the NL Central champions. But they let the Cleveland Browns quarterback ...

Indians, Gonzalez agree to minor league deal

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CLEVELAND — A person familiar with the agreement says free agent outfielder Carlos Gonzalez intends to sign a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. Gonzalez, who played the past 10 seasons with Colorado, will sign once he completes a physical and join the Indians at spring ...

Hunt suspension set at eight games

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — Kareem Hunt promises to change. The NFL will hold him to his word. The league suspended the Cleveland Browns running back for eight games on Friday for two “physical altercations,” one in which Hunt shoved and kicked a woman in a hotel hallway while he played for Kansas ...

Waiting for word

Local Sports

CHICAGO — No. 6 Michigan State has its sights set on a sixth Big Ten Tournament championship and a deep NCAA run. The Spartans are off to a good start. Cassius Winston scored 18 points, Foster Loyer provided a lift off the bench with a career-high 14 points, and Michigan State gave Hall of ...

Pirates’ Reyes in bid for role

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BRADENTON, Fla. — Pablo Reyes is making the most of his chance to earn a berth on the Pittsburgh Pirates’ opening-day roster. The 25-year-old was 8 for 28 with two doubles and two home runs going into Friday night’s game against Tampa Bay. He’s had 31 plate appearances in 15 games, ...

INDIANS’ CLIPPARD SIDELINED:

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GOODYEAR, Arizona — Cleveland Indians reliever Tyler Clippard is expected to miss three to four weeks because of a mild pectoral strain. Clippard, who signed a minor league contract on Feb. 23 with an invitation to spring training, left an exhibition game early on March 9 against Colorado. ...

Bobrovsky sparks Columbus

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COLUMBUS — With Columbus slipping into a sudden offensive malaise in the second period, Sergei Bobrovsky kept the Blue Jackets in the game and in the race for a playoff spot. The goalie played one his best games of the season, shutting down an unrelenting Carolina offensive attack in the ...

Steelers re-sign veteran DT

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing back defensive tackle Daniel McCullers. The Steelers re-signed McCullers to a two-year deal on Friday. McCullers, Pittsburgh’s sixth-round pick in 2014, was an unrestricted free agent. The 6-foot-7, 352-pound McCullers gives the Steelers ...

Slowing things down

Local Sports

CLEVELAND — Fans are scrambling to get their hands on tickets, jerseys and make their first Odell Beckham Jr. sighting. It’s only mid-March and Cleveland’s in a full-blown football frenzy. Expectations for the upcoming season, which were already enormous before the team traded for ...

Ohio State holds off IU for key victory

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CHICAGO — Rolling along with a 20-point lead in the second half, Ohio State appeared to be in the clear. That changed in a flash. But the Buckeyes hung on. Keyshawn Woods scored 18, Kaleb Wesson added 17 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and Ohio State beat Indiana 79-75 in the second ...

The Bell tolls yet again

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CANTON — Like a lot of high school seniors, Kierstan Bell is looking forward to college because of the independence it will provide. One difference. Hers will come on the court. “No more box-and-one,” the Ohio State recruit said, laughing. “They’ll have to play ...

Trade changes things for Browns

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns returned as an expansion team in 1999. They became a real one Tuesday night. It only took 20 mostly tortuous years — and one tremendous trade. With a shocking, blockbuster deal for superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Browns flipped the NFL on ...

Surprise on mat at wrestling state meet

Sport columns

Sadly, Las Vegas is a destination that has escaped me over the years. It really is sad because “the city that never sleeps” and I could be a beautiful duo. Or maybe not. It could be like crossing the streams on “Ghostbusters” and possibly lead to the total destruction of the universe. ...